Tuesday, September 26, 2006

The Difference Between Kneeling & Bending Over

In light of the polarisation of the major religions and the killing being carried out in the name of God/Yahweh/Allah/(insert name of deity here) and in the name of the almighty dollar that funds them, here are some words about religion:

“If you're doing business with a religious son-of-a-bitch, get it in writing. His word isn't worth shit. Not with the good lord telling him how to fuck you on the deal.”
- William S. Burroughs (1914-1997)
“At least two thirds of our miseries spring from human stupidity, human malice and those great motivators and justifiers of malice and stupidity, idealism, dogmatism and proselytizing zeal on behalf of religious or political idols.”
- Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
“When facism comes to America it will be wrapped in the flag and carrying a cross.”
- Sinclair Lewis (1885-1951)
“We have just enough religion to make us hate, but not enough to make us love one another.”
- Jonathan Swift (1667-1745)
“I count religion but a childish toy, and hold there is no sin but ignorance.”
- Christopher Marlowe (1564-1593)
“Atheism is the vice of a few intelligent people.”
- Voltaire (1694-1778)
“Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction.”
- Blaise Pascal (1623-1662)
“No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered as patriots. This is one nation under God.”
- George W Bush (1946-Not a Moment Too Soon)
“The essence of Christianity is told to us in the Garden of Eden story. The fruit that was forbidden was on the Tree of Knowledge. The subtext is, All the suffering you have is because you wanted to find out what was going on. You could be in the Garden of Eden if you had just kept your fucking mouth shut and hadn't asked any questions.”
- Frank Zappa (1940-1993)
“It is true that the Muslim world is not totally mistaken when it reproaches the West of Christian tradition of moral decadence and the manipulation of human life.”
- Joseph Ratzinger (1927-Armageddon)


Zatikia said...

Excellent quotes and set up so well. I especially like the one by Sinclair Lewis. Wise men always look down on religion.

Tim Footman said...

I never knew that Sinclair Lewis was actually Alistair Sim.

Anomie-Atlanta said...

Wonderful quotes from which we can develop our own thoughts on the topic. Thank you for always being thought provoking.

Jim Bliss said...

"I see only with deep regret that God punishes so many of His children for their numerous stupidities, for which only He Himself can be held responsible. In my opinion, it is only His nonexistence that excuses Him."
- Albert Einstein (letter to a believer).

Although we should also remember; from the same man...
"Mere unbelief in a personal God is no philosophy at all."

Jim Bliss said...

I've just realised what that image of Ratzinger reminds me of... The Emperor in Star Wars (though with a freaky white light-sabre rather than his usual evil red).

Pisces Iscariot said...

lol - a stone age light-sabre for a dark age thinker